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Policy & Regulation

No end in sight for Western Balkan coal subsidies

Coal subsidies remain plentiful in the region and are blocking a faster switch to gas and renewables Coal subsidies remain plentiful in the region and are blocking a faster switch to gas and renewables.
By Anna Gumbau 9 July 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34379
Works begin at the Drmno coal mine in Serbia in January 2017. (PA)

Clean energy was high on the agenda of the annual EU-Western Balkans Summit last week. However, leaders of five of the six Western Balkan countries – North Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro – remain reluctant to put an end to their generous subsidies to the coal industry. The exception is Albania, which has no coal-fired power plants.

Subsidies for coal-based power in the Western Balkans are three times higher than local incentives for renewable energy generation, according to a recent study by the...